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# Irish book awards

6th December 2023
The Bee Sting by Paul Murray is the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2023
The book was among six titles competing for the accolade, all of which were category winners at the 2023 An Post Irish Book Awards.
Last month
November 2023
The Phoenix Park: 'We became an oasis for a new generation who had never visited parks before'
Donal Fallon’s new book, The Lamplighters of the Phoenix Park is nominated for the An Post Irish Book Awards in’s sponsored category.
Six Ukrainian writers shortlisted for 'New Voices' writing prize at Irish Book Awards
The category will honor a short story, essay or poem written in either English or Ukrainian about the experience of fleeing and exile.
This year
Irish Book Awards shortlist unveiled - is your favourite 2023 book on it? Best Irish Published Book of the Year is among the categories.
Last year
My Fourth Time, We Drowned by Sally Hayden named as the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2022
The book details the migrant crisis across North Africa, using first-hand stories from people incarcerated in Libyan detention centres.
In photos: The fascinating world of the Skelligs
The authors of The Book of the Skelligs share some of their insights, along with stunning photographs.
Opinion: What photographing abandoned Ireland taught me about the country's past
An Post Irish Book Awards nominee Rebecca Brownlie writes about what she’s learned through taking photos of abandoned buildings.
Opinion: How the Kildare Mutiny helped set the gardaí on their unarmed path
Garda Stephen Moore writes about a pivotal moment for An Garda Siochána – his book is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards.
WIN: The books nominated in The Journal's category at the An Post Irish Book Awards
Here’s how to enter.
Anne Enright to be honoured with lifetime achievement award
The award will be given to the lauded author at the An Post Irish Book Awards later this month.
Irish Book Awards shortlist unveiled - is your favourite 2022 book on it? Best Irish Published Book of the Year is among the categories.
Did your favourite bookshop make the Irish Book Awards longlist?
The public is invited to vote for their favourite on the list this month.
‘Bookshop of the year’ award opens for nominations
You can nominate your favourite store through an online portal.
All time
The Irish Book of the Year has been named
It was announced this evening during a one-hour special on RTÉ One.
Success for Sally Rooney, Séamus O'Reilly and Maureen Gaffney at Irish Book Awards
Here are this year’s winners.
Manchán Magan: 'Our perception of the world can change when we see things through the Irish language'
The author and broadcaster writes about researching his latest book on the Irish language and the many colourful words in it.
Opinion: What I discovered reading the letters sent to Ireland's Presidents over the decades
Flor MacCarthy shares the uplifting and often heartbreaking real-life stories she discovered while reading the Presidents’ letters.
Opinion: 'In my everyday reality, self-love doesn’t protect me from racial harassment, sexism and ableism'
An Post Irish Book Awards nominee Rosaleen McDonagh has written a searing book of essays – here, she writes about their genesis.
The Explainer: How do you get a book published in Ireland?
Authors Alice Taylor and Sophie White share their experiences and advice with us this week.
Sally Rooney, Claire Keegan and Donal Skehan among Irish Book Awards nominees
The awards will take place at a ceremony on 23 November.
'It's a huge thing for a writer': Donal Ryan and Keelin Shanley among Irish Book Awards winners
“It’s just a privilege,” Eason Novel of the Year winner Donal Ryan told us.
What are the best Irish reads of 2020? The Irish Book Awards are on tonight - and you can tune in
Here’s how you can tune in – and who’s nominated in’s sponsored category.
A Page From My Life: Three stories of love, parenthood and revelation from Irish people
Read three people’s personal stories taken from A Page From My Life, which is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards.
How the Twilight Together photo project captured the mood (and hearts) of the nation
We spoke to photographer Ruth Medjber about putting the project together this summer.
These stunning colourised photos give a new look at Ireland's past
They’ve been compiled into a book that is nominated in this year’s Irish Book Awards.
'Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill scooped up handfuls of her lover's blood, drank, then threw back her head and howled'
Author and poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa is nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards – here she writes about how ghosts inspired her nominated book.
Keelin Shanley, Luke O'Neill and Mary McAleese among this year's Irish Book Awards nominees
Once again, is sponsoring the Best Irish Published Book award.
Success for Vicky Phelan, Joe Duffy and Andrea Corr at Irish Book Awards
Here are this year’s winners.
Dare to dream: The Irish people who aimed high and did the country proud
Sarah Webb writes about why she wanted to inspire young people through bringing them the story of some fascinating Irish achievers.
Extract: From 'litir' to 'meisce'... A history of Ireland in 10 (or so) words
Ancient Irish texts teach us about how people saw the world back then, as the authors of a new book explain.
Extract: 'Birds are vessels for a lasting happiness that can be hard to find in other avenues of life'
I’ve seen species from my bedroom window that I haven’t seen anywhere else, writes Conor W. O’Brien in an extract from his book.
Kevin Barry, Sinéad Gleeson and Edna O'Brien amongst this year's Irish Book Awards nominees
Once again, is sponsoring the Best Irish Published Book award.
Readers vote confessional essay collection Notes to Self the best Irish book of 2018
The book, written by Emilie Pine, was published by Tramp Press.
Success for Lynn Ruane, Sally Rooney and Aislings everywhere at Irish Book Awards
Here are this year’s winners.
Extract: Don't fear the reaper - an immunologist on why we shouldn't be so afraid of death
Immunologist Luke O’Neill writes about how death fascinates us all, but once upon a time it was sometimes a tricky thing for a doctor to confirm.
Once upon a time, Ireland was full of penguins - here's how they disappeared
No, not the chocolate bars – real penguins. Author Rob Maguire explains.
WIN: These great books nominated for the Irish Book Awards 2018
Six non-fiction books about everything from heritage to trailblazing women.
'From footballers to computer programmers - I'm blazing a trail for Ireland's hidden women'
Ever heard of aviator Lilian Bland from Antrim, or professional international footballer Anne O’Brien from Inchicore? Author Sarah Webb on why they were forgotten about, despite their achievements.
Enda Kenny's grandfather, a Dutch plane full of diamonds: Illustrating the lesser-known histories of Irish lighthouses
Roger O’Reilly’s book of illustrations looks at the hidden history of Ireland’s lighthouses.
People on the Pier: Dún Laoghaire landmark remembered in new book
New book on Dún Laoghaire pier takes the reader down memory lane.